Model of Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784

Made:
1784 in Coalbrookdale
maker:
Thomas Gregory
designer:
Thomas Farnolls Pritchard
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Mahogany model of the cast-iron bridge over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale, with engraved brass place. Made by Thomas Gregory for Abraham Darby III, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784.

Coalbrookdale on the River Severn was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. By the 1750s local industrialists, perfectly placed to combine the natural resources necessary to smelt iron, called for a bridge to support their rapidly developing businesses. The resulting iron bridge built by Abraham Darby III became a tourist spectacle of technological and architectural wonder. The single arch span of 100 feet (30.5 metres) weighed 384 tonnes. Darby commissioned this model from the foreman pattern-maker Thomas Gregory, who also developed the bridge’s design. Darby exhibited the model in London in 1786, and presented it to the Royal Society of Arts in 1787.

Details

Category:
Civil Engineering
Object Number:
1882-29
Materials:
mahogany (wood) and brass (copper, zinc alloy)
Measurements:
overall: 915 x 560 x 2000 mm (approximate)
type:
bridge and model
credit:
Royal Society of Arts

Parts

Model of the Coalbrookdale Iron Bridge

Model of the Coalbrookdale Iron Bridge

Mahogany model of the cast-iron bridge over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale. Made by Thomas Gregory for Abraham Darby III, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784.


Coalbrookdale on the River Severn was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. By the 1750s local industrialists, perfectly placed to combine the natural resources necessary to smelt iron, called for a bridge to support their rapidly developing businesses. The resulting iron bridge built by Abraham Darby III became a tourist spectacle of technological and architectural wonder. The single arch span of 100 feet (30.5 metres) weighed 384 tonnes. Darby commissioned this model from the foreman pattern-maker Thomas Gregory, who also developed the bridge’s design. Darby exhibited the model in London in 1786, and presented it to the Royal Society of Arts in 1787.

Measurements:
overall: 800 mm x 2100 mm x 500 mm,
Materials:
mahogany (wood)
Object Number:
1882-29 Pt1
type:
bridge and model
Engraved brass plate for model of the Coalbrookdale Iron Bridge

Engraved brass plate for model of the Coalbrookdale Iron Bridge

Engraved brass plate for mahogany model of the cast-iron bridge over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale. Made by Thomas Gregory for Abraham Darby III, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784.


Coalbrookdale on the River Severn was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. By the 1750s local industrialists, perfectly placed to combine the natural resources necessary to smelt iron, called for a bridge to support their rapidly developing businesses. The resulting iron bridge built by Abraham Darby III became a tourist spectacle of technological and architectural wonder. The single arch span of 100 feet (30.5 metres) weighed 384 tonnes. Darby commissioned this model from the foreman pattern-maker Thomas Gregory, who also developed the bridge’s design. Darby exhibited the model in London in 1786, and presented it to the Royal Society of Arts in 1787.

Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy)
Object Number:
1882-29 Pt2
type:
plate